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Sleep Deprivation and Teen Accidents

A recent study showed that too little sleep increases the risk of automobile accidents for drivers between the ages of 17 and 24.

The report indicated that young drivers who had less than six hours of sleep were about 20 percent more likely to be involved in an accident - compared to those who had more sleep. Teens are believed to be sleep-deprived while frequently driving when they are sleepy and tired.

Sleep experts recommend that teens get at least nine hours of sleep every night although it is highly unlikely that most do. Sleep deprivation can cause negative impacts on a person's driving abilities, such as:

  • Slowing down reactions
  • Impairing one's judgment
  • Delaying response times
  • Can increase the risk of dozing at the wheel

It has been known that most teenagers underestimate the value of sleep because they would rather be doing other activities, such as computer games or being with friends. It is the parent's responsibility to make sure their child is getting enough sleep and that they do not drive when they are sleep deprived. A tired teenager is not likely to drive carefully or safely. Prevention and knowledge of the consequences this sleep deprivation can cause could save your teen from a serious accident.

If you are involved in an accident with a driver who is clearly sleep deprived and thus, negligent at the wheel, contact the experienced San Bernardino Law Offices of Peach & Weathers to obtain information about your legal rights to recover money damages. To speak with a personal injury lawyer to learn more about our track record, contact our San Bernardino law firm. Call 909.889.0471 to schedule a free initial consultation.

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